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Sambian Sexual Culture Gilbert Herdt
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Sambian Relationships: Kin & Marriage System Descent is patrilineal (through father's line). Residence pattern is patrivirilocal meaning that males grow up in their father’s hamlet. Women move to the hamlet of their husbands. Population clusters as hamlets; these are subdivided into subgroups (phratries) Marriage is by infant betrothal or sister-exchange. Men marry women from outside their hamlet group. Usually these women coming from warring clans. Warfare is rife in the area: intertribal war and intratribal to revenge perceived wrongs. We need to understand these social dynamics to understand social and sexual life among the Sambia.
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Understanding Sambian Lifeway : a culture’s plan for life Milk comes form the Pandanus tree. Language used to discuss the tree is that of mother’s milk. Only men can eat the fruits of this tree Women ingest semen which gets converted to milk. The Semen Cycle: Semen comes first from homoerotic fellatio Later replaced by milk sap (and to some extent pandanus nuts & cassowary fat) Semen transformed into milk and fetal tissue by women. At bottom of the male ideology is that these forest trees create new semen; although once ingested by humans men become responsible for the semen cycle.
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Masculinity among the Sambia One can become a man only be going through a
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